A FORMER politician is now free to travel overseas for medical treatment after restrictions on him were lifted by the Immigration Department.
Iliesa Duvuloco, 65, the former president of the de-registered Vanua Nationalist Party, said he was happy with the lifting of the travel restrictions.
In late September, he was told in a letter by the department that he could not travel out of the country because of restrictions placed against him.
While telling this newspaper about two weeks ago of his intention to contest the 2014 election, Mr Duvuloco also stated about his travel ban.
"I feel very excited. I thank the Lord Almighty as I am free at last and now I can go to the US for a medical check-up and treatment and be back in Fiji before the national election. I also thank The Fiji Times for highlighting my plight," he said yesterday.
Mr Duvuloco said the travel restriction resulted in him losing about $8000 in airfares while trying to go to Papua New Guinea twice.
He served 18 months in prison for the 2000 coup-related offences and was released from prison in 2003.
He left for PNG on November 30, 2006 and returned in 2007.
He tried to leave the country for PNG again in 2010 and 2011 but he was not cleared by the Immigration Department.
The Fiji Police Force's Criminal Investigations Department wrote to the Immigration Department on September 24, stating Mr Duvuloco was previously placed on the immigration watchlist on police request.
In the letter, the director CID SSP Luke Rawalai, said the case against Mr Duvuloco had been dealt with and he was free to travel, and asked his name be deleted from the immigration watchlist.
On September 30, the Immigration Department informed Mr Duvuloco that he had no adverse records or travel restrictions in the immigration system.